Window Light Photography
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Window Light Photography

Learn to Use Natural Light Indoors For Great Portraits
4.6 (8 ratings)
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66 students enrolled
Created by JP Danko
Last updated 6/2016
English
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Current price: $10 Original price: $25 Discount: 60% off
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create amazing portraits using natural window light.
  • Learn about camera settings and exposure techniques.
  • Learn how to apply different window lighting scenarios.
  • Effectively modify the look of window light using reflectors.
  • Post processing using Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.
  • Post processing using Snapseed and VSCO Cam mobile apps.
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Requirements
  • A camera - any camera will do, from a smartphone to a DSLR.
  • A great window with room to work.
  • A computer with Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop (optional).
  • A mobile phone with Snapseed and VSCO Cam (optional).
Description

With 16 videos and 2 hours of instruction, photographer JP Danko takes you through everything you need to know to create your own amazing portraits with natural window light - using any camera and all within the comfort of your own living room.  

Learn detailed photography techniques for photographing three complete window light setups including camera settings, the use of reflectors and post processing techniques using Lightroom (or Photoshop RAW) and two popular mobile editing apps - Snapseed and VSCO Cam.

JP puts a careful emphasis on understanding the techniques presented so that students will be empowered to take the techniques learned and explore their own artistic vision.  

By the end of the class, students will have learned everything needed to create their own beautiful window light portraits.

Who is the target audience?
  • Novice photographers who want to increase their skills.
  • Moms and dads who want to take better family photos.
  • Intermediate photographers who want to hone their craft.
  • Anyone who wants to learn to edit photos professionally with Lightroom or Photoshop.
  • Anyone who wants to learn to edit photos professionally with Snapseed or VSCO Cam mobile apps.
  • Anyone who wants to make money from their photography.
  • Anyone who wants to start a photography business.
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
01:49:31
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Getting Started
2 Lectures 16:20

Introduction to the class and what material we will cover.

Examples of typical natural window light photos:

  • Silhouette photos - exposed for background, subject is silhouetted.
  • Semi-silhouette photos - balance between background and subject exposure.
  • Backlit photos - exposure for subject with overexposed background.
Preview 04:35

Discussion about finding the right window to work with and what qualities of light to look for.

We cover critical skills for learning to see light and how different qualities of light affect your photography.

Location and Light
11:45
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Gear and Settings
2 Lectures 10:54

Overview of cameras and reflectors used for the class.

We cover DSLR lens and camera options for window light photography along with mobile phone cameras and camera apps.
 

Then we talk about options for reflectors including commercially available reflectors and home-made reflectors.

Gear Overview
02:11

Step by step how to set up your camera for window light photography.

In this lecture we cover in depth descriptions on how to set up your camera for window light portraits. We start with mobile phone camera settings and then cover DSLR camera settings.

Preview 08:43
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Silhouette Photography
3 Lectures 19:16

Demonstration of silhouette photography using both a DSLR and mobile phone.

Silhouette DSLR & Mobile Demonstration
02:10

Step by step example of editing silhouette window light photos using VSCO Cam.

VSCO Silhouette Editing
09:50

Step by step example of editing silhouette photos using Lightroom (or Photoshop Camera RAW).

Lightroom Silhouette Editing
07:16
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Semi-Silhouette Photography
3 Lectures 24:52

Demonstration of semi-silhouette photography. How to balance your exposure between the back ground and subject using both a mobile phone camera and DSLR.

Semi-Silhouette DSLR & Mobile Demonstration
05:01

Step by step example of editing semi-silhouette photos using VSCO Cam.

VSCO Semi-Silhouette Editing
07:29

Step by step example of editing semi-silhouette photos using Lightroom (or Photoshop Camera RAW).

Lightroom Semi-Silhouette Editing
12:22
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Backlit Photography
5 Lectures 33:40

How to capture backlit window light photos using a DSLR.

Backlit DSLR Demonstration
04:04

How to capture backlit window light photos using a mobile phone camera.

Backlit Mobile Demonstration
01:23

How to use reflectors with backlit window light.

Reflectors Demonstration
03:10

Step by step example of editing backlit window light photos using Snapseed.

Snapseed Backlit Editing
10:22

Step by step example of editing backlit window light photos using Lightroom (or Photoshop Camera RAW).

Lightroom Backlit Editing
14:41
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 04:29

Conclusion and next steps.

We discuss where to use window light for portraits and other similar settings where you can use the techniques from this class.

Conclusion
04:29
About the Instructor
JP Danko
4.6 Average rating
8 Reviews
66 Students
1 Course
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Photography classes by a photographer for photographers!

JP Danko is an active lifestyle photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand. His work is distributed by Stocksy United.

JP also publishes a weekly photography column at DIYphotography, one of the worlds most popular online photography resources.